Veterinary dental pathology can be difficult to detect and diagnose. Dental inspections are important to detect and treat a range of pathologies that can lead to further complications and even systemic disease if not detected and diagnosed early.

A full dental inspection can only be undertaken on an anaesthetised animal. Best practice dental inspections follow a set path so that no single tooth is missed. Each tooth pathology is recorded on the dental chart where appropriate treatments and medication are also recorded.

Vetdentalcharts.com include a full pathology list and provide in app tool tips to aid in educating staff and correct diagnosis.

Periodontal Pathologies

Calculus is the hard brown – yellow coloured material resulting from mineralised plaque. The ‘CALCULUS INDEX’ (CI#) refers to the amount of calculus on an individual tooth and is measured on a scale of 0 – 4. 0 representing no observable calculus to 4 covering over 75% of the buccal tooth surface.

CI 1

Calculus build up covering up to 25% of the buccal tooth surface

C1Index

CI 2

Calculus build up on 25 – 50% of the buccal tooth surface

C2Index
GingivalRecession

Gingival recession occurs as consequence of periodontal attachment loss observed as loss of alveolar bone, periodontal ligament and exposure of the tooth root.

Oral Medicine